Suad Amiry is a Palestinian architect. She grew up in Amman, Damascus, Beirut, and Cairo as a result of her parents leaving Jaffa as refugees in 1948. She is the author of “Sharon and my Mother–in-Law: Ramallah Diaries” translated into 11 langages, about life under Israeli occupation describing her experience particularly during the 10-month siege of Ramallah in 2002. For it, she was awarded the prestigious Viareggio Prize in Italy in 2004. Suad is the founder and director of RIWAQ: the Center for Architectural Conservation, a non–profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring Palestinian buildings, which received the Aga Khan prize for Architectural Restoration. She participated in the 1991-1993 Israeli–Palestinian peace negotiations in Washington, D.C., and later served as assistant deputy minister and director general of the Ministry of Culture in Palestine.
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